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The Paralympics are coming home

As we get ready to mark two years to go to the Paralympic Games this weekend, I have been reflecting on how Britain’s strong tradition in disability sport is helping to drive the recovery of our some of our injured service men and women, following a visit to Headley Court rehabilitation centre with Lord Coe…

Putting out the Welcome Mat

John Penrose

, August 18, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

I think it was The New Statesman, or possibly I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue on Radio 4, that first came up with the idea of asking contributors to find the most inappropriate, but well-meaning, advice to give to overseas visitors to Britain.

Are you going away at all this year, sir?

John Penrose

, July 28, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

It’s around this time of year that Ministers for Tourism get the call, I’m told. It may come from a Sunday tabloid or a daily red-top. It may even be a broadsheet. But the question is very much the same, whoever’s asking. It goes like this: Where’s the Minister for Tourism going on holiday this…

Busy, busy, busy

Hugh Robertson

, July 23, 2010 — Sport

I had another hectic start to the week with a trip to the Olympic Park – this time to present the quarterly financial results. The build is really coming along and it’s fantastic to see how fast everything is moving. The project is in remarkably good shape – still on time and within budget.

Milton Keynes, dormant betting accounts and a well-deserved international plaudit for lovely Weymouth

John Penrose

, July 21, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

Breakfast at home on Saturday, the gentle tick of the dining room clock the only sound above the soft murmuring of the children, the barely audible rasp of low-fat spread being applied to wholemeal toast, and the occasional turning of a newspaper page’s well-informed and balanced coverage of Government news. Calm and contentment – the…

The Lord’s dream

Hugh Robertson

, July 16, 2010 — Sport

Many sports fans grew up with sky-high sporting ambitions – childhood dreams of playing at Wembley in an FA Cup Final, holing a putt at St Andrews at The Open or walking down the steps at Lord’s and on to the pitch for a Test Match.